Enchanting cinema for all ages



This November, Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival will offer a diverse selection of exciting high-quality content for all ages. The event features all kinds of animated films, the Estonia 100 series, adventures accompanied by music, and glimpses into history.

According to Artistic Director Anna Asplund, the films also include fascinating characters, a healthy dose of adventure, stories of growth and humour - but also darker tones that offer plenty of food for thought.

Music and glimpses into history

The children’s film competition will be launched at Valve Hall on Monday 12 November, at 18:00 (6:00pm). It will see the Finnish debut of The Little Comrade, a child’s recount of Estonia’s challenges during the Soviet era that is based on the autobiographical novels of Leelo Tungal. The Second World War is also featured in the Czech film Barefoot, while
The Invisibles depicts young but resourceful Jews escaping persecution and hardship in Berlin.

Some of the stories in children’s categories demonstrate how it is sometimes difficult for children to understand adults or their weird grown-up rules. Yet sometimes children manage to see right through them and overcome challenges on their own, as proven by the active Icelandic kids in The Falcons or the German Invisible Sue and her sidekicks.

The recurring theme of the youth films is the youngsters’ desire to knock through boundaries in their lives in order to experience the world in a more personal way. Life may get turned upside down in the process, but growth rarely happens without some mood swings or soul searching.

The competition will feature fast-paced band comedies, out of which the Norwegian Los Bando and Finnish Heavy Trip share the same concert destination, Northern Norway. Music also has a strong presence in a documentary centred on Swedish rapper Silvana, preceded by a short doc about Dutch rapper Si-G for some warm up.

This year’s theme: Estonian cinema

In honour of the 100th anniversary of our neighbour Estonia, the festival also includes a series called Estonia 100. The audience will be treated to both classics and short animations in traditional film format. Contemporary Estonian cinema can be enjoyed in both children’s and youth categories, as well as during an overview of the latest short film productions. The Last Relic, Grigori Kromanov’s romantic adventure set in the 16th century, attracted half of the population of Estonia upon its release in 1970.

Films in competition

There are 11 films participating in the children’s film competition, eight in the youth film competition and 10 in the
Finnish competition.

In addition to competition categories and the Estonia 100 series, the festival will also be screening two other series, The Kaleidoscope and Nordic Shorts, as well as numerous short films. Lastly, the event will include films produced by local youngsters as part of last summer’s Elokuvaa! project. The films produced by children and young people participate in the Oskari contest. The festival attracts approximately 30,000 visitors annually and its program consists of more than 100 films.









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